Is the brilliant club worth it?Watch
Hi - I did it in year 7. It terms of personal growth and development, absolutely; it taught me how to reference, how to research for an extended essay and how to structure one too. I still put it on my CV (I'm in year 11 now) but you can't really mention it on a UCAS application unless the course you do links to the degree you want to do and you've done it recently (eg I want to do maths at uni, so my year 7 philosophy brilliant club experience is a bit irrelevant, but if I did a more mathematical one in year 10 it might be worth mentioning), and it does take up a lot of time going to tutorials and doing the set tasks. If you're in a year where workload isn't massive I'd say go for it - I did really enjoy it and it's fun going to the universities at the beginning and end! Hope this helps
Hi I’ve also been asked to do the brilliant club this year . I am in year 8 and debated it at first but my parents told me it would be a good opportunity. Obviously this year it was different due to COVID and it was all done through live calls. The topic was terrorism something in which I had no knowledge or interest in. They expect you to write an essay at the end which being totally honest since I had to do it in the half term before going back to school full time for the first time after lockdown between that and catching up on work it put a lot of stress on me. I still have not even began to write the essay since the calls were very confusing and I’m still not at all confident on the topic. In my opinion it taught me no new skills and although it may be a good opportunity nether the less it is extremely stressful and hard working and you do have to have the time and mindset to be happy to write an essay in your own time on a topic you have not had much info on you must also have to be prepared to read three books each 100 pages and do your own research and notes all in your own time. Honestly I really do regret taking part it was such a waste of time I did not benefit from it in any way and instead I was Behiend on lessons in school which were far more important so from my experience I do not recommend but if you feel like you are happy to do all those things I have listed and it is something you enjoy I say go for it !